historicism: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (hi-stôr'u-siz"um, -stor'-), [key]
— n.
  1. a theory that history is determined by immutable laws and not by human agency.
  2. a theory that all cultural phenomena are historically determined and that historians must study each period without imposing any personal or absolute value system.
  3. a profound or excessive respect for historical institutions, as laws or traditions.
  4. a search for laws of historical evolution that would explain and predict historical phenomena.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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